Pick your own fabrics to personalize your own garment bag. We are all doing more road trips, and I find being able to pull together my hanging clothes then put them in a garment bag makes it easy for road travels. Enjoy this free pattern, using Kraft-tex for the upper bag and fun fabric for the lower section. Garment bags are sometimes referred to as wardrobe bags. They protect your clothes from dirt and dust, whether it is a few garments or a wardrobe!
This version has a gusset that is perfect for weekend trips in your car when you are packing several outfits. You can make a simple bag for one outfit for a special occasion by eliminating the gusset. Add pockets for jewelry and accessories to keep your ensemble together.
Here is how to make your own custom garment bag with Kraft-tex:
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Make a statement with your own customized wardrobe bag! Use combos of fabric to suit your style! You can make your bag with coordinating fabrics that match your luggage, or even your car!
What materials do you use to make a garment bag?
It all depends on how you’ll use your garment bag. If it will be checked luggage, you’ll want a very durable fabric like a heavy weight rip stop nylon. If you are just using it for car trips, use whatever fabrics strike your fancy!
Fun upholstery canvas fabrics are washable and will hold up well for a handmade garment bag. I used Kraft-Tex for the top of the bag that gets more wear, and a quilting cotton for the remainder of the bag. Have fun and make your garment bag your style!
Garment storage bags, bags used to store a special garment and protect it from dirt and dust, are generally made out of muslin. In order to provide the best protection for your garment, use 100% cotton muslin and prewash it to take out any finishes or residue from the fabric.
How long of a bag do I need?
It depends on what types of garments you want to protect. If you are only needing to protect tops, shirts, pants and skirts, your garment bag will be shorter than if you want to protect dresses or evening gowns. Although the how to is for a garment bag for dresses, you can cut the fabric for the front and back of the garment bag any length. Remember to change the length of your zipper accordingly.
To determine the length of your garment bag, select the garments you want to use with the it. Cut your fabric pieces about 4-5″ longer to provide extra space for the garment in the bag.
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